It’s time to bid farewell to one of our own this spring. Janice Schultz, MGC Branch Manager, has worked for the Library for over 25 years and has dedicated much of her career to studying and teaching genealogy.
Janice started her library career as a Page at the North Independence Branch in August 1987, where she worked in the Genealogy and Local History Department [GLHD]. She quickly advanced to a Sub position, where she answered queries, managed the Missouri Room Vertical Files, and was in charge of checking in periodicals. The GLHD became the Genealogy and Local History Branch [GLHB] in 1998 in a 12,000 square-foot wing of MCPL's North Independence Branch.
Janice received a Master’s degree in Library Science in 1999 from the University of Missouri and was subsequently offered the position of full-time Reference Librarian that same year. She became the branch manager in 2001 and continued in that position when the GHLB became the Midwest Genealogy Center at our current Lee’s Summit Road location.
Janice will be sorely missed by both staff and the patrons she has served for over two decades. Janice says, "I have worked with a great staff and have met many wonderful patrons. I remember fondly a patron named Harley Cathell. He came into the 24 Highway location every day after retiring from Lake City. He had a favorite microfilm reader that he used every time he was in the Library. When he passed away, we fondly dubbed that machine "Harley’s microfilm reader." I remember the day that our administration first realized how dedicated our researchers are. We had lost power throughout the city, and in many of the library branches, the buildings were virtually vacant. The Library’s senior administrative team had been on tour of the south branches that day, and when they walked into the GLHB at 4:00 p.m., they found people sitting at tables by the front windows trying to research our books. We would walk them to the back stacks with flashlights so they could bring the books to the front. The administrative team looked at the scene in awe. I believe that’s when the decision was made to give us a more visible location."
A public reception to celebrate Janice’s retirement is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. on Friday, March 29th at the Midwest Genealogy Center.
We wish you the very best in all that you pursue, Janice, and we thank you for all your years of dedicated service!
Midwest Genealogy Center